CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF)

CERTIFIER: CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF)

WEB SITEwww.ccof.org
NOP INFORMATIONorganic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=15
HEADQUARTERSSanta Cruz, CA
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONSAK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
ACCREDITED SCOPESCROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

CCOF is known for favoring and facilitating factory-organic livestock production including poultry and dairy. They also certify hydroponic production despite language in the organic regulations requiring soil. The Cornucopia Institute filed legal complaints against a number of their certified operations producing milk and eggs. In one case, they apparently approved an organic systems plan allowing a 4000-plus cow dairy, in the Central Valley of California, to confine their cattle for months in order to cut hay instead of grazing. At a Nevada CAFO, they approved a split operation (2500 organic/2500 conventional) dairy cows with virtually no pasture. After Cornucopia filed a complaint the dairy was forced to reduce the organic heard to 300 cows (based on the amount of land available) although the operation and CCOF were not sanctioned further by the USDA.

CERTIFIER STANDING: Undermining the true meaning of organics

CriteriaComments
Hydroponic DetailsCertifies hydroponic operations.
Material ReviewUnconfirmed
Fee StructureSee website for more information.
InspectorsUnconfirmed
ImportsUnconfirmed
Farm SizesUnconfirmed
Outdoor Access for Poultry Unconfirmed
Pasture AccessCertifies factory-style livestock operations.
Livestock AlterationsUnconfirmed
Origin of LivestockLikely supports cycling of conventional animals into the organic marketplace.
Antibiotics in LivestockUnconfirmed
InspectionsUnconfirmed
Residue TestingUnconfirmed
ProducerUnconfirmed